All of the Tri-California Events in 2017 have been cancelled including the iconic Wildflower Triathlon. The other events include Triathlon at Pacific Grove, San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz and Scott Tinley’s Triathlon. The root cause has been sited as the drought in California.
It is with great sadness I am announcing that due to the four years of drought, the economic climate and the drop in participation in the sport of triathlon Tri-California Events will not be producing the Wildflower Triathlon for 2017
Even though we were able to produce quality events in 2015 and 2016 with an alternate swim, run, bike, run course and the weather was good on race weekend, we were not able to attract enough triathletes and families to make the event economically feasible. This also affected the exhibitor, sponsor, and camping revenue. The financial loses are too great for us to do the event without the water levels high enough to have the event all in one location.
In the 34 years that I have been producing the Wildflower Triathlons, I have never experienced anything that compares with the effect of the prolonged drought. There was only one year where we had to move the swim start from the Lynch area to the Harris Creek area, but the rains came in the winter and we were back to a Lynch with a full lake.
All of the other years for Wildflower starting in 1983 with 86 participants to 2007 with 7000 participants were wonderful, exciting years filled with great hope, love and joy shared with the greater triathlon community, families and friends. Being involved with life changing experiences and creating memories for participants, spectators, family members, and industry visionaries has been a blessing that I will always reflect on.
We continue to pray for rain for our great state. When the drought is over and the water levels are normal, we hope to return The Wildflower Triathlon back to the iconic event that it was and is. There is not another event in the world like Wildflower and we need it in our sport.
The same drought conditions have affected Lake Lopez in San Luis Obispo, so we will not be producing the Scott Tinley’s Triathlon in 2017.
At this time, Tri-California is not planning on producing any triathlons for the 2017 year. The Wildflower Triathlon has been the base of our triathlon business and made producing the other triathlons possible. We will wait for the drought to end and then assess the triathlon industry to determine our future plans.
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